Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

Teen dies after falling from cliffs at Sydney whale watching area

A helicopter flew the unconscious man back to land but paramedics could not revive him. Pic 7 News A helicopter flew the unconscious man back to land but paramedics could not revive him. Pic 7 News
Deanna Wagner | 24 July, 2018, 10:25

A young man has died after slipping and falling from a cliff while whale-watching with a group of friends in southern Sydney, less than two months after another man died after falling in the same area.

"We talked about things we were going to do after he got home from his mission and how excited he was to reach his one-year mark [in Australia] in August", she said.

Zimmerman appears to have fallen to his death at a whale-watching location called Cape Solander near the suburb of Kurnell.

"Our sincerest condolences and prayers are with Elder Zimmerman's family and loved ones as they remember his life and mourn his passing", the Church said in a statement.

Zimmerman grew up in West Haven and Roy and attended Fremont High School, where he participated in football and track. In a statement, his parents, Raymond and Jeanette Zimmerman, said their son was a "great example".

The boy's death is not being treated as suspicious, police say.

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Monday a missionary from Utah who was serving in Australia fell to his death while sightseeing.

NSW police said people shouldn't stray from the designated whale-watching platform to take photographs.

Whales at the popular Cape Solander viewing spot in Sydney can swim as close as 200m to the coast. "Gavin was a bright light in our lives!" Lifeguards used jet skis to retrieve him and transfer him to an ambulance helicopter but paramedics were unable to save him.

He was said to have been "taking selfies" when he lost his balance and fell into the sea at the popular beauty spot at Cape Solander, Sydney.

He is the second person to fall and die from the cliff in the last six weeks.